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See also: cœliac


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From Latin coeliacus, from Ancient Greek κοιλιακός (koiliakós), from κοιλία (koilía, belly). Cognate with coelom.



coeliac (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, anatomy) Relating to the abdomen, or to the cavity of the abdomen.
    • 1838, William James Erasmus Wilson, Practical and Surgical Anatomy[1], page 350:
      Next remove the middle portion of the lesser omentum, and feel for the coeliac axis.
    • 2002, Colin Pinnock, Ted Lin, Tim Smith, Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, page 218,
      The coeliac plexus is formed by the two interconnecting coeliac ganglia which lie either side of the coeliac artery.
    • 2010, Robert H. Whitaker, Neil R. Borley, Instant Anatomy, page 85,
      The coeliac ganglia lie on each side of the coeliac trunk.
  2. (Britain) Abbreviation of coeliac disease; used attributively.
    • 1982, S. Ahlstedt, Recent Trends in Allergen and Complement Research[2], page 48:
      The results of skin testing and RAST indicate that most coeliac patients do not have circulating IgE specific for wheat proteins [25, 34, 108].
    • 1994, Norman Leslie Kent, A. D. Evers, Technology of cereals: An Introduction for Students of Food Science and Agriculture, page 297,
      Most coeliac patients are childen, the symptoms showing when cereals are first introduced in their diet.
    • 2008, Helen Griffiths, Coeliac Disease: Nursing Care and Management[3], page 10:
      Thus more fortunately for most coeliac patients a reliable diagnosis could now be made on the basis of one set of small bowel biopsies as opposed to three.

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coeliac (plural coeliacs)

  1. (Britain) Someone who has coeliac disease.
    • 1961, Association of National European and Mediterranean Societies of Gastroenterology, Proceedings VIth meeting of the "Association des Sociétés Nationales Européenes et Méditerranéennes de Gastro-Entérologie"[4], page 624:
      In all 5 untreated coeliacs as well as the 3 partially treated coeliacs who were in relapse at the time of biopsy, villi were entirely absent.
    • 1986, David R. Triger, Clinical Immunology of the Liver and Gastrointestinal Tract[5], page 67:
      Hyposplenism in coeliacs does not appear to lead to these diseases.
    • 1999, Giuseppe Gobbi, Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders in Coeliac Disease[6], page 212:
      Instead, anecdotal observations came to dominate the literature, describing adult coeliacs as mentally peculiar, excessively nervous and unstable, depressive, or even schizophrenic (Paulley, 1959; Dohan, 1966).